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of education. she helped get hochsprung the position. she volunteered at sandy hook for 15 years. it's difficult for you to join us today. you knew some of the victims' families. it's so -- i'm not even involved in this, and it's hard to get words out without even crying. how are you guys doing? >> my family has been affected directly and -- but i think the worst part of this, aside from losing all our angels and some amazing adults in our school, is that this school was so close and we had such an amazing set of staff and students and parent volunteers and so when you have something like this happen in an environment where there was so much love and joy, everyone just feels violated. i -- as someone, i was actually involved in the school for 17 years, and i just stopped being involved last spring and i worked with the children on a weekly basis on a newspaper program. all my children went through the program. it's just -- it's unbelievable that this could happen to a little school that had so much love and joy in it. >> why did you feel it was important to speak out now? >> because
. >>> in the wake of friday's shooting, students at sandy hook elementary school are bound to have lots of questions that could be very challenging for their parents to answer. joining us this morning from time warner center is dr. susan lipkin. a siciologist who specialized in school. susan, if i can, i'd like to start with you. how do you possibly reassure children. those children here in newtown, those children who experienced something horrific and even children who are not here and across the country that their schools are safe when the reality is something terrible happened. >> the most important thing is to talk to the child at their level. to get them to talk, to play, to draw out everything that is in their mind so you understand what level they are at and at that point you have to reassure them. the most important thing is for the parents' demeanor to be calm, not to be anxious. not to be constantly watching the news and to feel secure in themselves because the children will model the feelings that they're getting from their parents. >> when i talked to some of the parents here whose child
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